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Changing of guard: Engstrom takes over as Silverton Police Chief

By James Day

When Todd Engstrom joined the Silverton Police Department in 2021 “I knew Chief Anglemier was getting ready to retire and I knew taking his place as chief would be a possibility,” he told Our Town.

Jim Anglemier knew it, too.

“Todd is ready and will be a good chief,” Anglemier said. “He is tied to the community as a long-time resident and is family oriented, active in community groups and approachable. Todd brings a wealth of experience from over 28 years with Portland Police Bureau in a variety of positions. I have a lot of faith he will excel and do well for both the community and the department.”

The changing of the guard occurs this week,. A retirement party for Anglemier is set for Friday, May 17 (see information box).

Anglemier, an Air Force veteran, joined the Silverton department late in his career, coming to town in 2015 after spending 33 years with the Salem PD. He became Silverton chief in 2020.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work for Chief Anglemier,” said Engstrom, whose father served as chief of several small California cities. “When he promoted me to captain in April 2023, he told me he would stay for one more year and it was his job to get me ready to be chief. I didn’t feel ready then, but I feel ready now.

“He has been a tremendous role model. He is very thoughtful in all his decisions and maintains his composure no matter the problem or difficult decision. He has taught me to always measure my decisions by what’s best for the department and the community. I will always be grateful for Chief Anglemier’s tutelage and will probably hear his voice in my head for years to come.

“I’ve lived in Silverton since 2006, married a girl who grew up here, and I absolutely love this town.”

When asked what challenges Engstrom will face in his new position, Anglemier produced a lengthy list:

• Moving into the new City Hall and getting it functioning smoothly.

• Staffing, recruitment, and retention of officers.

• Increasing training to meet the constantly changing needs of preparing officers to serve the community.

• Looking for opportunities to keep officers engaged with the community to work together in solving issues.

• Planning for the future, on needs, staffing, funding and being a good steward of those funds to meet council and community goals.

“Silverton is an incredibly safe place to live,” Engstrom said. “The main issues we face are property crimes and traffic complaints. We have a young, hard-working crew that are excited to do police work, solve crimes, and make Silverton feel safer than it already does.”

Engstrom told the story of one of those officers, Nick Riedel, who is still on probation. He did a “superb job” of investigating a recent property crime at the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) building.

“He took the report, scoured the surveillance video, identified the suspect vehicle, contacted the suspect, got a confession, and recovered most of what had been stolen from PVA,” Engstrom said. “That’s just one example of the quality work done by our officers every day.”

Engstrom also spoke of the challenge of retaining officers.

“My hope is to keep our young talent here in Silverton,” he said. “Some will be swayed to bigger, more exciting cities, but I will strive to make the family and team atmosphere created at Silverton PD hard to leave.”

Jim Anglemier
Jim Anglemier

Jim Anglemier
Hometown: Corvallis
Residence:  South Salem
Education: Bachelors from Western Oregon University; FBI National Academy; Oregon Executive Development Institute
Previous career stops: 4½ yrs in the Air Force, followed by Salem Police for nearly 33 years
Family: wife, Lorraine; daughter, Caitlin; and Sampson, a chocolate lab
Hobbies: time with family and friends, plan to get a classic car, competitive shooting and training

Retirement Party
Friday, May 17, 3 to 5 p.m.
Silver Creek Fellowship
822 Industrial Way NE. 

A party to honor outgoing Silverton Police Chief Jim Anglemier. A brief ceremony is set for 3:30 p.m.

Todd Engstrom
Todd Engstrom

Todd Engstrom
Hometown: born in Arizona; grew up in Newman, California
Residence: Silverton
Education: Allan Hancock Community College; Indiana University (majored in criminal justice); FBI National Academy
Family: wife, Nicole; sons, Connor and Caleb; daughters, Bella and Mara
Hobbies: mountain biking, road biking, pickleball

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